Need a companion bag for my Tri-Star!
I have been deliriously happy with my Tri-Star over the past year. For the first 6 months of ownership, I was traveling for my weekly gig with 4 days worth of clothes packed into the Tri-Star and my laptop in a separate bag (Filson 256).
However, my travel patterns have changed recently. I seem to be doing more trips where the Tri-Star is either too big or too little -- too big for weekend trips to Europe, too little for 4 days when I have to be suited at the customer site. To alleviate the former, I'm getting a Brain Cell (which will alleviate some of the knocks my little Macbook has been getting being just loose in the centre compartment). To alleviate the latter, I'm looking at getting another bag.
What I really want is Tom Bihn's take on a tri-fold garment bag that is MLC size when folded and puts up as well as my Tri-Star if I have to put it in the hold (I fly on a lot of regional jets). As far as I can tell, though, Tom Bihn doesn't have a take on garment bags at all. None of the other companies mentioned in the same breath as Tom Bihn have anything satisfactory, either:
- Red Oxx has two options, both bifold. Neither seems substantial enough to not squish in the hold
- Briggs & Riley has a trifold option, but it's heavy and expensive. Also, the storage inside is weaker than I would expect from Tom Bihn.
- Tumi: you can get trifold and other storage with wheels, you can get trifold without other storage without wheels, or you can get bifold with other storage without wheels. Also, $$$
Anyone know of any other options?